Pre-Conference Workshop

Getting started with Open Education – a crash course on starting an open education project

Date: 21 April 2015  09:00 – 16:35


This one-day interactive workshop will introduce you to principles, tools and techniques that will allow you to get started with open education at your institution or organization.  Participants will gain practical knowledge of the benefits and potential pitfalls in starting projects, convincing faculty and administrators, and integrating open education into institutional practice through examples from institutions around the world.


The workshop will be conducted in a participatory manner with practical activities designed around the following topics:


  1. Introduction to Open Education
  • Get used to the terms – Understand concepts and terms, including OER, OCW, Open Education, Open Policies, Open Content, Openness in Higher Education, Openness in MOOCs, Open Access, Open Data and benefits to institutions
  • Online tools and platforms


  1. Creating support for Open Education at your institution, including tips for talking with faculty, staff, and administrators


  1. Starting an Open Education Project: A Roadmap
  • What to open and how – Assessing and evaluating existing resources to decide on the scope of the project
  • Institutional policy on “Open”
  • Case studies


  1. Legal aspects: Open Licensing Framework
  • Introduction to Creative Commons (CC)
  • Practical guide to licensing your content
  • Remixing and reusing open content
  • Compatibility issues of different licenses
  • Proper licensing practices for your open content and institutional repositories


  1. Technological considerations
  • Making a decision for CMSs, LMSs, and MOOC platform for open education projects
  • Discoverability of your resources – metadata and more
  • Where to get help for accessibility


Target Audience

Participation in the workshop is open to everyone, but will be particularly useful for those who:

* have little or no prior experience with open education
* would like to initiate open education projects at their institutions

* would like to learn more about any of the above topics in greater depth to improve existing open education project

*would like to run a workshop on open education at their home institution (Yep, we will equip you with all the slides and resources for your workshop!)


This workshop is appropriate for participants from all areas, however, the following stakeholders from Higher Education Institutions are particularly encouraged to participate:

  • Faculty
  • Librarians
  • Administrators and Executives
  • Researchers
  • Students



Robert Schuwer

W.F. van Valkenburg

Martijn Ouwehand

Jure Cuhalev

Meena Hwang



If you have registered already but have not registered for the pre-conference workshop, please email jillc@athabascau.ca to register.

Lunch is on your own. Two coffee breaks included.



Open Education 101 (OE Global 2015 Pre-conference workshop) from The Open Education Consortium

OER Roadmap (OE Global Pre-conference workshop) from The Open Education Consortium

Overview of Content Management Systems (CMS) for OER from Open Education Consortium

OE global2015 Pre-conference workshop from The Open Education Consortium

Notes from the workshop